To My Friends: Messages of Counsel and Comfort
Author: Jeffrey R. Holland
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published: December 1, 2014
Hardcover: 264 pages
"If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffery R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.
Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ."
This book came right when I needed it. I knew the material wasn't new, but the messages within were still truly heartfelt and touching. Elder Holland has always been a favorite apostle of mine to listen to at General Conference and during the year. I even have a picture of a quote of his on my phone. This book not only has beautiful messages, it is beautiful to look at. Most of the chapters had me in tears, knowing the truth and power of the words I was reading. Each chapter has a message with a lovely quote that I can imagine Elder Holland speaking himself. I had many favorites, but this one struck me the most.
"The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours (real or imagined) fall away in the abundance of the final reward." (page 26)
5 out of 5 stars. This book is something your whole family can read and treasure together. Maybe not all of the messages will apply to everyone, but I promise you it is worth the read.